Plant Properties (part 1 of 4 )
Ayurveda / / August 12, 2017
Ayurveda herbs are considered from the point of view of their impact on the human body.Therefore, classification of plants according to their properties is more important in Ayurveda than conventional taxonomic classification.If the plant has the same effect as that mentioned in the text, it will find its application in the proper order without regard to what it refers to any biological species.Vaidya Nana, one of my teachers in Pune, sometimes travels to Germany.During one such trip he took to prepare a composition, known as "Tribe-Huwa Kirti race."He found most of the required ingredients, but he was at a loss when it came to the plant-Lacy (Ocimum sanctum).
Of course, he could ask someone from friends to send him a plant from India, but Vaidya Nana adhered to the principle of ayurveda that is necessary to treat the patient as far as possible seek to herbs the area where the patient lives.Therefore, he immersed himself in books and did not leave the library until then, until he found growing in Germ
properties of herbs to the same extent depend on how they grow and how they are collected, where the nature of the child depends on education.Important influenced by soil and climate, time of year and clean environment.According to the texts, you need to collect medicinal plants in places with sparse to moderate rainfall and good soil.Good soil is considered soft, easily prominaetsya at hand.In the neighborhood there should be no sources of pollution, and the place should be away from cemeteries and crematoria, from places of worship, assembly, execution and sacrifices.In this place of grace have to grow grass, the land should not be cultivated, it should not be the norm, termite mounds, anthills, and near the water should flow.You also need to take into account the terrain: a plant from the Himalayas are considered mild and healing, and plants with the Vindhya (another mountain range) - Hot and potent.
Collect grass should be decent, clean, virtuous people (referred to as "men") at the appropriate time, after the obligatory fasting and worship.The plant is necessary to tell, for what purpose it takes.I am going to need to apologize for the killing of the plant.In times of Vedic priest before cut off a branch plant for sacrificial purposes, he sang: "On the knife which is not harmful!About Lord of the plant, protect her child! "Ideally, the collector must have sufficient insight to grasp the mood of the plant.He has to respect the will of the plant if it does not want to be taken away.Selected for the collection of plants must sit firmly in the ground, have a normal smell, color, taste and texture, are not to be damaged by insects, fire, drought and other emergencies, have no shortage of shade, water and sun.If the plant is damaged by insects, it is obvious that his own immune system is weak, - how can it then will help to strengthen the human immune system?
Very few modern yogis and doctors themselves wander around the world and collect their own hands they need grass.Most Ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies gaining workers' detachments for collecting herbs.This specially trained people who know where and when you are ready to collect a given plant.The best time to collect the plant is considered to fall.The branches to collect better when they are poured juices (in India in the spring and during the rainy season).Roots is better to dig before the branch poured juice, that is in the hot season or in winter, when the plant throws the old leaves or is just beginning to sprout.Autumn - the best time to collect the bark, tubers, bulbs and latex, and to collect sap or wood core is the best winter.Larger trees with roots taken only bark, while the plant with soft roots root is taken as a whole.The same applies to the bark of large trees and wood smaller trees.Harvested plants, said Charaka, "should be stored in clean containers that protect against fire, water, humidity, smoke, dust, mice and other pets in the house with one window.Door house should go to the north or east, it must be carried out daily sacrificial rites with an offering of flowers. "
Below is a list of some of the most remarkable medicinal plants, which are either already become available in the West, or will become available in the near future.The first in the list are the three most important medicinal plants of India - amalaki, haritaki and Terminalia Bellirica, which together form the composition known as Triphala ( «three fruits").Further descriptions are in alphabetical order by the names of botanical plants.
Amalakii (Emblica officinalis). plant has five of the six tastes (not enough salt);basic tastes - sour, but the impact in the process of digestion cold, and the effect after digestion - sweet, like two of his friends.Amalaki calms all doshas, especially pitta.This is a good remedy for hair, as it prevents the oil from the gray hair and hair loss.Drug jam amalaki cures respiratory disorders and is used for rejuvenation.Charaka describes amalaki best cure for old age.One fruit contains as much vitamin C as a half or two dozen oranges, and he was a little lost in processing, since it is in the form of thermostable.In medicine also used flowers, bark, roots and seeds of plants.
Haritaki ( Terminalia chebula). Like amalaki, haritaki has five tastes (no salt);basic tastes - astringent effects in the digestive process-hot.Haritaki calms three doshas, but most strongly affects the wool, although it may derive from the balance at the long use.Haritaki cleans Ama from the tissues, rejuvenates the body, especially the lungs and colon.If you can not get haritaki, as a substitute for taking amalaki.
Terminalia Bellirica (Terminalia belerica). main taste-knitting (there are three less pronounced taste), the impact in the digestive process - hot.It soothes all three doshas, but especially kapha.Unripe fruit acts as a laxative, dried ripe fruit are good for stopping diarrhea.It helps with hemorrhoids and skin diseases.
«When in doubt - let triphalu" These words could well be the motto of Ayurveda, the practitioner parting words.Triphalu can be used to wash your hair and body as an emetic and purgative, as drops into the eyes, ears and nose, as a gargle, inhalation and decoction enema.Ingestion Triphala cleans well ama from the walls of the digestive tract and rejuvenates it, it helps with inflammation, burns excess fat and balances the doshas.Triphala includes many drugs, all three of its elements can be used as anti-aging agent.
Air (Acorus calamus) (Skt. vaca, «we»).Properties of the plant its name suggests, "grace", "winner of the Spirits", "awakener of reason", "sharp", "strong odor", "born of water" (.. T to grow in damp marshy areas), "success".The English name of the plant - Calamus, or sweet cane.Providing "hot" anti-aging effect on the brain and nervous system, reduces vata and kapha and increases pitta.It stimulates sexual desire.It improves the ability of awareness, improves voice and develops it, is very effective in epilepsy.The powder blown into the nose to bring the patient from coma or shock.It is used for cotton due to irregularities in the mental sphere, such as walking, speaking and urination during sleep, as well as in the treatment of tobacco dependence.The paste of sweet flag with gold, and a little honey or ghee give newborns for the development of intelligence and stimulate the immune system.
paste of the root processes applied to the head to relieve a headache, on the chest, bronchitis and pneumonia, the joints in rheumatic pains.It can be used as an emetic or antispasmodic, it helps with hoarseness and cough, promotes discharge of phlegm, improves digestion and facilitates the passage of gases.The same ointment used in chronic diarrhea, as well as against intestinal and skin (scabies, lice) parasites.Although the plant is found in the US FDA due to the limitation of its control is difficult.The reason for the restrictions is that the main "active agent" asarone suspected carcinogen.
Aloe, dec.kinds;in particular Aloe barbadensis, the same as A indica (ghrta-Kumari).The Sanskrit name of this plant can be understood in two ways: it has the power of a healthy young girl and that it tones the female organs.In the leaves of a jelly-like substance balances all three doshas.Externally it is applied to burns, rashes, inflammation and the like painful phenomena.When administered it cools pitta, especially the part of it that is contained in the liver, cleanses the blood, normalizes the menstrual cycle and reduces excessive bleeding, cool eyes, regulates digestion (especially at high acidity) and generally soothes and heals the whole body.It contains allantoin - a substance known for its healing properties.Ayurveda is used mainly as a medicinal wine ( "Kumari cankers").Powder from the leaves is used as a strong laxative and in combination with myrrh as a cleaner urethra, may bring wool and shows the contraceptive effect.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). The Sanskrit name of this plant is horse spirit, as it is believed that the smell of freshly dug root of horse urine.The plant belongs to the Solanaceae family, which also includes henbane, belladonna, and tomato.The root of this shrub unlike many of their relatives has a bitter, astringent and sweet, hot and sweet impact effect after absorption.It reduces vata and kapha, but in large doses can increase the pitta or ama.Ashwagandha has a sexually stimulating and tonic effect, and is used mainly to combat age-related weakness, nervous exhaustion and overwork.Ashwagandha nourishes and clarifies the mind, soothes and strengthens the nerves, promotes healthy restful sleep rejuvenates muscles, bone marrow and Sukru contributes to the restructuring of the mind and the body and helps with rheumatism, tuberculosis, spermatorrhea, impotence, paralysis, infertility, exhaustion, as well as suchnerve diseases, like multiple sclerosis.In small doses is a good tonic for weak pregnant women, however, should be used with caution, as it happened that large doses lead to miscarriage.Infusion of leaves used for fever, crushed leaves are applied to abscesses and swollen places, and fruits and seeds have a diuretic effect.In addition, it is believed that the seeds facilitate entry into hypnotic state.
Babbula (Acacia arabica).This acacia tree obtained used, especially if the drug is prepared as a fault in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, diabetes, and excessive menstrual bleeding.Candy from the resin of the tree give women every day for 4-6 weeks after giving birth to recuperate.
Bala ( «was») (Sida, diff. Kinds).This group brings together four plants: ball, atibala, Mahabali and nagabala.Botanical membership last two are not too clear.Bala in northern and western India - this plant Sida cordifolia, atibala - it Sida rhombifolia, while in the south called Baloyi Sida rhombifolia a subspecies retusa, atibaloy- Abitilon indicum, a Sida cordifolia not used at all.
All types of balls are sweet, sexually stimulating, rejuvenating, and cooling the oily roots, firming the tissue and the nervous system.From root balls, milk and sesame oil is made a special oil called "ksira Ball", which is used in paralysis of the facial nerve and sciatica.Also, it is given together with a decoction of the root balls of milk in some types of arthritis.Taken with ginger root reduces fever, and the powder of it with sugar and milk strengthens the urinary tract and helps to cope with Leucorrhœa and spermatorrhea.Seeds enhance libido and are used in the treatment of colic and tenesmus (false painful urge to defecate).As part of the balls it was discovered ephedrine (which is very unusual, because other than that ephedrine is found only in ephedra, which belongs to the gymnosperms, whereas Sida - angiosperms), and because the ball has been successfully used as a means of toning the heart, especiallytogether with such structure as makaradhvadzh.
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